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FAIR ON ICE
Saturday October 19, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 PM
FAIR FAMILY FUN – YOU ARE INVITED!
Let’s make it 100 skaters again! Rain or Shine.
What: The FAIR on Ice party takes place at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Join other FAIR families for a wonderful evening at this cozy outdoor rink. FAIR HAS EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE RINK AND BARBEQUE AREA. Non-skaters are welcome to watch, encourage and chat. Please invite extended family members and friends. Waiting parents are welcome. Teens are encouraged to come. Strollers and wheelchairs glide beautifully on the ice. There is a covered area in case of rain. See you there!
Where: Winter Lodge, 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
What to bring: A simple dinner for your family: sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Gas barbeques and picnic tables will be ready. There is a Safeway with a deli and a Round Table pizza very close to the rink. FAIR will provide hot chocolate, cups, plates, utensils, mustard, ketchup and relish. No alcohol please.
What to expect: Fun, good company, a great time! This is one of our most popular events, definitely worth a drive. Since FAIR has the whole rink, it will be a relaxed, comfortable evening for all. Del Valle campers, Understanding Our Stories families – reunite on the ice!
Cost: $5.00 per skater, collected for the Winter Lodge at the door. Cash or checks made out to Winter Lodge. This included skate rental even if you own skates. FAIR subsidizes this event to make it affordable for all. No RSVP necessary. Just come!
Please see the Google Calendar below for exact dates.
Roots & Wings
FAIR's new support group for adoptive parents of kids ages 11-15, will meet the third Wednesday evening of every month at Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga. (Please let us know if you would like to attend but have a schedule conflict on Wednesdays.)
This group is FREE, though we ask those who become regular participants to join FAIR (annual membership is $30.) It is lead by two experienced adoptive parents and FAIR Board members, Kathy Metz and Anne Hall.
We will share stories and resources, and talk about our successes and challenges. All conversation is confidential and non-judgmental. We hope this group will provide empathy and encouragement, and offer a safe environment to discuss how adoption and past experiences affect our tween/teen's emotional development and behaviors. Equally important, we will talk about self-care and how we nurture ourselves so we can navigate the stormy seas of adolescence.
We look forward to seeing you (dads welcome!)
ROOTS & WINGS
Sacred Heart Church: Parish Center, (at back of parking lot on left, near Saratoga Library)
13716 Saratoga Ave (1 mi W of Hwy 85 exit), Saratoga, CA 95070
There is no fee for FAIR’s regular support and networking groups. FAIR membership is highly recommended, however. These are peer groups facilitated by volunteers, who are experienced adoptive parents. The rewards of participation come through sharing and learning more about the common and unique challenges involved in adoptive parenting. Contact the facilitators for information. Join us!
The following events are not planned by FAIR but may be useful for FAIR families.
PACT Family Camp, July 3 - 7, 2013
Visit, PACT’s website for full information: www.pactadopt.org/adoptive/services/education/pact_camp.html
- Help One Child, www.helponechild.org, provides training and support for parents of at-risk children.
- North American Council on Adoptable Children, www.nacac.org, features post-adoption support, articles and publications and an annual conference.